Boise Neighborhood Interactive

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Energize Our Neighborhoods is proud to host the 3rd Boise Neighborhood Interactive community conference, highlighting the event’s theme: “Reimagine Housing & Neighborhoods."

Attainable housing is incredibly important for individual and community health and well-being. But this vital resource continues to become more expensive and less accessible in many places, Boise included. While we face many structural barriers to improving the affordability, availability, and accessibility of homes, we have the opportunity to reimagine how neighborhoods can be part of meaningfully addressing our housing needs.

The mission of the Boise Neighborhood Interactive is to empower and engage residents to take responsibility for creating and sustaining welcoming and livable neighborhoods through information, shared resources, collaboration, and training.

Neighborhood interactive invitation Oct 19-21

Registration for the 2020 Boise Neighborhood Interactive is now open!

Reserve your space today! This event is free and open to the public.


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Event Agenda

The Boise Neighborhood Interactive will be held October 19th, 20th & 21st, with workshops, round table discussions, networking opportunities, and a resource fair occurring from noon to 7 p.m. each day.

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Day 1 − October 19, 2020

Keynote Address – 12:00-1:00 PM

  • Panel discussion on housing and growth in the Treasure Valley, featuring Mayor Lauren McLean, Commissioner Diana Lachiondo, and Boise State University President Dr. Marlene Tromp, moderated by Gemma Gaudette.

Afternoon Workshops – 1:15-5:00 PM

  • Your Voice Matters: How to Impact Change in Your Community
  • Why ADUs? (Accessory Dwelling Units)
  • ADU – Can I Do It?
  • How to lead a meeting that gets you somewhere
  • Boise Climate and Energy Programs
  • Energize in Your Neighborhood
  • Keeping Our Neighbors Housed
  • Affordable Housing in Your Neighborhood
  • Volunteer Recruitment & Retention
  • Conducting a Neighborhood S.W.O.T. Analysis

Engagement Social Hour – 5:00-6:00 PM

Roundtable Discussions – 6:00-7:00 PM

Day 2 – October 20, 2020

Roundtable Discussions – 12:00-1:00 PM

Afternoon Workshops – 1:15-5:00 PM

  • Why don’t I see more affordable housing being built in Boise?
  • Connecting Neighborhoods with Canals
  • Reaching Your Neighbors Online
  • Neighborhood Investment Program: FY22 Application Information
  • Better Together: Why private development and public interests are not parallel universes
  • Public Budgeting: An Overview of the City’s General Fund
  • Wildfire Mitigation and Community Preparedness: The importance of partnerships and defensible space
  • Walkable Neighborhoods
  • Growing Housing in Boise
  • Code Enforcement
  • Zoning 101

Community Resource Fair – 5:00-6:00 PM

Roundtable Discussions or
Short Film Screening – 6:00-7:00 PM

Day 3 – October 21, 2020

Resource Fair - 12:00-1:00 PM

Afternoon Workshops – 1:15-5:00 PM

  • Navigating Caregiving in Uncertain Times
  • ADU Design
  • Developing & Designing Affordable Housing
  • Engaging Neighborhoods in the City of Trees Challenge
  • Intergenerational Housing: Let’s Talk about homesharing in your neighborhood
  • Our Path Home: Current Issues in Homelessness
  • Community Development Analysis
  • Blueprint Boise and Neighborhood Planning
  • Design Review
  • Planning & Development Review

Networking/Social Hour – 5:00-6:00 PM

Movie screening – 6:00-8:00 PM

*Events are subject to change

The City of Boise encourages persons with disabilities and those who require language assistance to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing an accommodation, please contact Energize at 208-570-6834 or email, as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours before the event.

Past Events

The Boise Neighborhood Interactive has been held every 18 months since the Fall of 2017.

Past events have featured keynote addresses from Norman B. Rice, former Mayor of Seattle and Vice-Chair of the Casey Family Programs Board of Trustees, and Aimée Christensen, CEO of Christensen Global Strategies and Executive Director of the Sun Valley Institute.

Over the past two events, community leaders and other subject-matter experts have led 30 unique workshops and facilitated multiple round table discussions on topics identified by the citizen steering committee. The events have also offered networking opportunities and a community resource fair.

2017 Program

2019 Program

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